The meeting between the Turkish head of state and General Abdulfattah Sisi in Cairo on February 14 does not signify a shift in Mr. Erdogan's stance regarding the Muslim Brotherhood worldview. This diplomatic engagement is necessitated by evolving geopolitical dynamics in the region and globally. Turkey's pragmatic response to realpolitik demands underscores the adaptability required in navigating changing balances of power.
Amidst a flurry of media speculation and government discourse, the possibility of Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Turkey on February 12 has garnered international attention. Despite the purported date, official confirmation remains elusive. Discussions surrounding Putin's visit first emerged in August last year following Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Sochi. However, the visit has since been postponed multiple times, with revived speculation surfacing in early January.
In a seemingly unexpected development, Iran and Pakistan launched missile strikes on each other's territory, thereby aggravating difficult relations in the context of the already tense situation in the Middle East. On January 16, Iran sent a missile strike to Balochistan province in Pakistan, claiming that the target of the attack was the Baloch separatist group Jaish al-Adl, recognized by Iran as a terrorist organization. Pakistan reported two dead children and three injured in the attack.